Archetypes: Television: Review: ‘Girls’: Moon, Venus and the Feminine (2017)



Unlike Athena, who emerged fully formed out of Zeus’s thigh, the quartet of “Girls” – chronologically young women but called by a more immature younger-female appellation – spent six seasons finding themselves. And the show’s creatrix, Lena Dunham, used the dyad signifying the archetypal Feminine – Moon and Venus – as their strategy for self-discovery.

The trick, of course, was for these gals – Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemina Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) – not to favor one aspect of the Feminine over the other but to integrate them. As the scales of the glyph representing Libra suggests, it’s a tough balancing act.

Hannah, at the center, is the Venus-ruled Aphrodite-the-Party-Girl, with a succulent body she’s unafraid to expose sexually. Venus rules pleasure, money and culture. From the start, her intention to become a well regarded and financially remunerated writer incorporates the possibility of embracing Venusian art as a Lunar act of generating babies from her imagination and wit. After six seasons, the show’s finale conveyed that Hannah succeeded in producing a physical creature, too, one who takes to the breast for nourishment.



The Moon rules home, family and physical and emotional caregiving, and the quartet of girls had spent a huge amount of collective time mothering their often basket-case man-children. Who can forget the plaintive Jessa pleading with Adam (Adam Driver) that she’d support him psychologically?

Ultimately we are what we value, and Venus rules values. Shoshanna eventually opted for a more superficial path of a better job, a fiance with earning potential and a group of more influential friends. Marnie seemed to realize that her radiant Venusian beauty wasn’t enough to ensure success picking a life mate or as a musician and performing artist. And Jenna, who, according to Adam, laughed a lot, despite her own life struggles, seemed content to see the value of using her body as a bargaining chip to validate her self-worth.

On the show’s final episode, only Marnie, who declares herself to be Hannah’s best friend, has made it to the finish line, perhaps because of her decision to go back living with her mother as a sort of do-over to finally get it right.

The loss of friendships is often tied to shifts in the things that are honored among the cohorts with whom we once shared most intimate moments. When we consider how Venusian values are tied to the Moon’s trajectory of providing self-nurturing – and how many mistakes it takes to find one’s groove – “Girls” was a deep as it could get.

Archetype: Lover. Artist. Nurturer. Mother.

Astrology Archetype: ☽♀ (Moon, Venus)

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